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Funky Meters: September 14, 2011 Brooklyn Bowl – FLAC / MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

September 23, 2011
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funky meters
[Photo by Jill for fortheloveofbrooklyn]

NOLA’s legendary Funky Meters, the successor to the even-more-legendary Meters, put on one of their now-regular multi-night stands at Brooklyn Bowl earlier this month, and this Wednesday night show was a standout.  While the band’s shows back in February faced some hiccups, the band was fully on point this night as they delivered an almost two-hour set of nearly-continuous music.  Along with NOLA classics from themselves, the Meters, Allen Touissant and others, the band showed their virtuosity with rock n’ roll as well, with numbers like the opening “Down By the River” (Neil Young) and the Dylan classic “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35”, stretched into a 7-minute funk number.  “Just Kissed My Baby,” which we had seen covered by Soulive at this very venue earlier this year, was positively on fire, but with apologies to that fine band, the (almost) original blew the newcomers out of the water.  As the best shows at this venue tend to, this one got the dance floor packed and the brews and good times flowing.  Sure, we were a long way from the Treme – but at least the Funky Meters could make us feel a little closer.

hi and lo, Johnny Fried Chicken Boy and I recorded this set with six high-end microphones and preamps from a close-up spot in the venue. The sound is excellent.  Enjoy!

Stream “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 [Bob Dylan]”:
[audio:http://www.nyctaper.com/F1904FunkyMeters2101/funkymeters2011-09-14t04.mp3]

Stream  “Fire On the Bayou”:
[audio:http://www.nyctaper.com/F1904FunkyMeters2101/funkymeters2011-09-14t10.mp3]

Direct download of the complete show in MP3 [HERE]
Direct download of the complete show in FLAC [HERE]

If either of the links are no longer working, email nyctaper with a request for the download location of the files.

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Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense.  The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission.  Please respect our request.

Funky Meters
2011-09-14
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY USA

Recorded by hi and lo, Johnny Fried Chicken Boy and acidjack for nyctaper.com
Produced by acidjack and Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

Schoeps MK5>littlebox + DPA 4021>Sound Devices MixPre + Schoeps MK41>CMC6>Sound Devices USBpre2 >> Tascam DR-680 > 3x24bit/48kHz WAV > Audition (mixdown, normalize) > FLAC > Audition (tracking) > FLAC ( level 8 )

Position: ROC, miss at 15ft, DPAs and MK41s PAS, MK5 DIN

Tracks
[Total time: 1:53:23]
01. intro
02. Down by the River [Neil Young]
03. Sing a Simple Song [Sly Stone]
04. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 [Bob Dylan]
05. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl [Sonny Boy Williamson]
06. Iko Iko [James “Sugar Boy” Crawford / The Dixie Cups]
07. No More Okey Doke
08. Just Kissed My Baby
09. He Bite Me
10. Fire on the Bayou
11. I Walk on Guilded Splinters [Dr. John]
12. Marie Laveau [Bobby Bare]
13. Hoochie Coo
14. Africa
15. Africa outro / Cissy Strut intro
16. Cissy Strut
17. Get Out of My Life, Woman [Allen Toussaint]
18. Big Chief [Earl King / Wardell Quezergue]
19. Big Chief Got a Golden Crown [George Landry / The Wild Tchoupitoulas]
20. Ride Yu Donkey [The Tennors] (> Shake, Rattle and Roll tease [Charles E. Calhoun])

If you enjoy this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT The Funky Meters, visit their website, and purchase their records from their online store [HERE]

The Heavy Pets: August 26, 2011 Bowery Ballroom – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

September 15, 2011
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[photo courtesy of Nick Irving]

We spoke last about the concept that “jam band” can be seen in some circles as a pejorative term. What separates The Heavy Pets from other bands lazily tagged with this unfortunate label is that each member of this band possesses obvious talent and the unit as a whole is impressive from the first note. When they were selected from among 350 contestants to play the Langerado Music Festival in 2006, The Heavy Pets took off on a trek that has brought them nothing but accolades (everyone from The Huffington Post to High Times) for the last half decade. In late August, we had a chance to capture this excellent band at the Bowery Ballroom at a CD release show for the latest album Swim Out Past The Sun — their third full-length record. The superb two-hours-plus set consisted of a fairly representative mix of the band’s material, and just three songs from the new album. We’re streaming “Bridge” below, which is the first single from the new release, due in early October. The album tour continues throughout the Fall on the East coast.

Hi and Lo and I recorded this set from our standard balcony rail position at Bowery. Our four microphone mix — DPAs for warmth and Schoeps for bottom end — was supplemented by an excellent board feed from The Heavy Pets sound engineer, the legendary Charlie Miller. The mix is approximately one-third from each source and the sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Bridge”:
[audio:http://www.nyctaper.com/H8026HeavyPets1122/05.%20Bridge.mp3]

This Recording is now available for Download in FLAC and MP3 at Archive.org [HERE].

The Heavy Pets
2011-08-26
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Six-Channel Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + DPA 4021 > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) + Schoeps MK41s > CMR>EAA PSP2 > Tascam DR-680 > 3 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by
nyctaper and hi and lo
2011-09-12

Setlist:
[Total Time 2:01:34]
01 John Galt
02 Dew Point
03 Jam
04 3AM
05 Bridge
06 [banter]
07 Pass it Down
08 Chew
09 No More Time
10 Keep Me Running
11 Lantern
12 Sigismondi
13 Sigismondi Part II
14 Better
15 Jackie Bones
16 [encore break]
17 So Thank You Music
18 STYM Part II

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT The Heavy Pets, visit their website, and purchase their official releases from the Store at their Website [HERE].

Umphrey’s McGee: September 9, 2011 Brooklyn Bowl – FLAC / MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

September 12, 2011
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Umphreys BBowl
[still from this video]

If you look at the bands I generally post about on this site, most of them tend to fall pretty far from the “jam band” category.  But you can’t really be in the hobby of taping without being aware of this rich, diverse and somewhat pejoratively-titled genre, and the Chicago band Umphrey’s McGee are one of the rising stars of the scene.  So, three of us – hi and lo, Johnny Fried Chicken Boy, and myself – hit up UM’s final show at Brooklyn Bowl, the culmination of a five-night stand at the venue that has rapidly become a staple for improvisationally-minded bands when they come through the NYC area (a trend even picked up on by the review of Thursday’s show in The New York Times).  It being a Friday night, fans came ready to party, and UM rewarded with two full sets of their staple extended numbers as well as their usual offerings of fun covers like Van Halen’s “Hot For Teacher”, all backed by an outstanding light show.

The vibes from the band and crowd were all good, although the Brooklyn Bowl PA was oddly not very loud (good for conversation, bad for music).  Still, you couldn’t deny the virtuosity of the band, whose dense musical explorations often turned in unexpected directions, led by their dueling guitarists Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger.  UM are known for a heavier sound that references prog-metal acts like King Crimson, Yes, Pink Floyd and Iron Maiden (and if you closed your eyes during a few parts, Metallica) that sets them in a unique position between the traditional funk/bluegrass/folk sound of some of the older bands in the scene and the “rocktronica” sound that has gained popularity of late.  Heady instrumentals like “Push the Pig” demonstrate that intersection of prog and “jam” music perfectly, combining a funky groove with a proggy guitar sound.  And, it should be mentioned, as a live experience, these guys just throw a hell of a party.  The three of us stumbled out of the show happy, for sure.

The band’s recent blitz of NYC was to promote their new record, Death By Stereo. Although it was largely ignored at this show, there are some amazing packages available if you buy DBS online, including the opportunity to tune into all-request webcasts where the band will play fan requests, band favorites, and acoustic and solo material.

Three of us recorded this show from one of the usual taping spots in the venue with our mic stand as high as it would go (about 15′) to avoid crowd chatter, using three sets of high-end mics and a variety of similarly high-end pre-amps.  Although the somewhat low PA volume meant a few chatterers here and there weren’t completely drowned out, and the venue’s layout presents certain sonic limitaitons, hi and lo’s outstanding post-production mix of these three sources has produced a recording that captures the sound and feel of the show perfectly.

Stream “Nemo”:
[audio:http://www.nyctaper.com/U8709Umphreys1192/um2011-09-09.nemo.mp3]

Download the FLAC/MP3 files and stream this entire show on the Live Music Archive [HERE]

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense.  The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission.  Please respect our request.

Umphrey’s McGee
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY, US
2011-09-09

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded and produced for nyctaper.com

Recordist : hi and lo, acidjack, and Johnny Fried Chicken Boy
Location : Right side on-stand, ~ 30 yds
Source : Schoeps MK5 > CMR > PFA > PSP-2 + Schoeps MK41 > CMC6 > Oade M248 + DPA 4021 > Sound Devices MixPre >> Tascam DR-680 @ 24 bit / 48 kHz
Edit : WaveLab v5 (fades/dither/+11dB gain), Izotope SRC/Dither
Final Format : 16 bit, 44.1 kHz
Tracking : CD-Wave v1.98
Encoding : FLAC v1.2.1 ( level 8 ) with TLH v2.6.0 (Build 168)

Tracklist:

Set I

01. Jazz Odyssey
02. Prowler
03. Words
04. All In Time
05. Push the Pig
06. Nemo
07. Pay the Snucka
08. Hot For Teacher [Van Halen]
09. Wizard Burial Ground

Set II

10. Divisions > “Jimmy Stewart” > Divisions
11. Bridgeless
12. Eminence Front [Townshend]
13. Hurt Bird Bath
14. America the Beautiful [Bates/Ward]
15. Soul Food I
16. 1348
17. (Encore Call 1)
18. Front Porch
19. (Encore Call 2)
20. All In Time

Running Time: 2:44:13

We expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Umphrey’s McGee, visit their website, go see them on tour, and purchase Death By Stereo directly from their online store [HERE]

Joan of Arc: August 10, 2011 Mercury Lounge – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

August 27, 2011
By

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[Photo by acidjack]

Whether you find Joan of Arc frustrating or incredible is likely to come down to your overall view of what rock music is about: If you hold the attitude of “I am here, you must entertain me with classics and catchy tunes”, you are likely to be in the former camp.  You’re also probably that person that customizes every dinner order beyond recognition. A sauce-on-the-sider, if you will. People like you would do well to avoid bands like Joan of Arc, who tend to reward the other type of listener, who enjoys being challenged, who enjoys taking in the breadth of an artist’s vision, and who would rather see something new than something familiar.

Which is not to say that this set by Tim Kinsella’s main project of the past 15 years was not thoroughly entertaining. Kinsella, who made his name in Cap’n Jazz before that band split up (other than their brief reunion last summer that we recorded HERE and HERE), can put on a fierce live show, and keep some wacky stage banter in the mix as well. Eschewing emo-or-whatever-you-call-it tradition, Joan of Arc’s set is heavy on variety – a short burst of almost-pure pop here, a lengthy instrumental there. This set had both, as well as encore songs from another Kinsella side project, Owls. The band’s virtuosity couldn’t be denied – they rocked, time signature or structure-of-the-moment be damned. Songs thrive on dense, angular riffs and plaintive vocals. The resulting recording is a thing of beauty as well – as clear an indication if there ever was one that a small club, excellent sound engineer (Kevin, as usual) and band that knows what they’re doing is an unbeatable combination.

Kevin’s soundboard feed blended perfectly with the Schoeps supercardiod microphones, and the resulting recording is clear, crisp and excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Every Day I Saw Was the Same Face [Owls]”:
[audio:http://www.nyctaper.com/J8010JoanofArc2011/13 Every Day I Saw Was the Same Face.mp3]

Stream “I Saw the Messed Blinds of My Generation”:
[audio:http://www.nyctaper.com/J8010JoanofArc2011/08 I Saw the Messed Blinds of My Generation.mp3]

Direct download of MP3 files [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

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Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

Joan of Arc
2011-08-10
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Equipment: Soundboard + Schoeps Mk41>CMC6 >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: ROC, at soundboard, mics at 7.5′
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mix down, set fades, tracking, amplify and balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks:
01 Night Life Style
02 Howdy Pardoner
03 Still Life
04 Let’s Wrestle
05 Who’s Afraid of Elizabeth Taylor?
06 On A Bedsheet In the Breeze on the Roof
07 [instrumental]
08 I Saw The Messed Blinds of My Generation
09 Love Life
10 [banter]
11 Like Minded
12 [long banter]
13 Every Day I Saw Was the Same Face [Owls]
14 [banter]
15 Anyone Can Have A Good Time [Owls]
16 My Summerlong High Wipeout

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Joan of Arc, visit their website, and purchase their products and releases from their online store [HERE]

Implodes: August 10, 2011 Mercury Lounge – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

August 22, 2011
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implodes
[Photo by acidjack]

Implodes, it must be said, aren’t a very “summer-y” band, so it’s a good thing I caught their opening set for Joan of Arc in the dark, air-conditioned confines of Mercury Lounge. Hot on the heels of their debut release on Kranky Records, Black Earth, the band appeared to be eager to move past that new material into even more uncharted musical territory. This set boasted a number of brand-new songs, but the Black Earth material made for a good jumping-off point, as the band opened with that album’s three leadoff tracks. Implodes tunes have a cosmic sweep to them, with airy lead guitar riffs soaring above a foreboding, dense backbeat. Vocals, where used, are sung with the reverb on high, adding to the ghostly, atmospheric quality of the songs. Some songs abandon traditional melodic structure entirely and shift into ambient territory, echoing some of the band Mogwai’s more subtle interludes. That said, Implodes are not toying with the loud-soft dynamic in the way that some other successful post-rock acts do; their songs focus more on sustaining a level of tension throughout, without the cataclysmic release of, say, an Explosions in the Sky tune. Several of the new songs, none of which I knew the titles to, were particularly strong, indicating that the promise of Black Earth is only the beginning for this young band.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed of the usual high-quality house mix from Kevin of Mercury Lounge, coupled with the Schoeps supercardiod microphones. The recording is outstanding. Enjoy!

Joan of Arc was recorded and will be posted in the next few days.

Stream “Marker”:
[audio:http://www.nyctaper.com/I8010Implodes1120/02 Marker.mp3]

Direct download of MP3 files [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Follow acidjack on twitter

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

Implodes
2011-08-10
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Equipment: Schoeps Mk41>CMC6 + Soundboard >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: ROC, at soundboard, mics split 1′, PAS
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audition (effects, mixdown)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify and balance)>FLAC (level 8 )

Tracks
01 Open the Door
02 Marker
03 White Window
04 [banter]
05 [unknown]
06 [tuning]
07 Screech Owl
08 [unknown]
09 [banter]
10 [unknown]

PLEASE SUPPORT Implodes, like them on facebook, and purchase Black Earth directly from Kranky [HERE]

Teletextile: August 7, 2011 BBS at the Richardson – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

August 19, 2011
By


[Photo by Dominick Mastrangelo]

The Backyard Brunch Sessions made a rare move indoors on a recent Saturday for this excellent performance by Brooklyn’s own Teletextile, due to the threat of rain. We couldn’t have asked for a better indoor setting (or one with better drinks) than Williamsburg’s best cocktail bar, The Richardson, in its intimate downstairs parlor. As light shined through windowed glass doors to the street and attendees ate white gazpacho, Teletextile showed off the avant-pop chops of frontwoman Pamela Martinez (wearing some unmistakable headwear) and her band. Mixing in unusual instruments like a full-sized harp and an accordion, this mostly-acoustic set focused on the band’s recent EP, Reflector. Martinez led off with a solo number, “Heartquake” which had her voice trilling to the upper registers at its peak, then sinking effortlessly back to a whisper. After that head-turning beginning, the band continued with strong material, including “What If You” and its companion song, “What If I” from Reflector, that showed off their basic chops as well as their unique perspective.

hi and lo recorded this set with a variety of high-end microphones placed around the room. The results are excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “What If I”:
[audio:http://www.nyctaper.com/T1202Teletextile8888/05 What If I.mp3]

Direct download of MP3 files [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Teletextile
2011-08-07
Backyard Brunch Sessions at the Richardson
Brooklyn, NY USA

Recorded by hi and lo and acidjack for nyctaper.com
Produced by acidjack

Source: AKG C 414 B-XLS>Sound Devices USBpre2 + Schoeps Mk41>CMR>EAA PSP2 >> Tascam DR-680 (24/48)>Audition (mixdown, effects)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Intro
02 Heartquake (solo)
03 What If You
04 The Lark
05 What If I
06 [banter]
07 Distant Places

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Teletextile, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their CDs and merch from the Store at the Teletextile website [HERE]

Heartless Bastards: July 24, 2011 Mercury Lounge – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

August 1, 2011
By

HB ML
[Photo by acidjack]

It’s hard not to like the Heartless Bastards.  They’re one of those bands that never lets you down performance-wise, that’s always on their game, that always gives their fans something special.  This pair of shows at Mercury Lounge (our recording of night 1 here) certainly qualifies as that, as the band played these sets in “acoustic” (but really just sans-drummer) mode, and showed off considerable new material.  The most immediate effect of going drummerless was to focus even more attention on lead vocalist Erika Wennerstrom’s old-soul voice.  The opening lines of one of my Bastards favorites, “Done Got Old” proved she can carry a show without any accompaniment at all, and she remained note-perfect throughout a 90-minute set that was a bit longer than Saturday’s performance.  Most of this group stood respectfully as Erika, Jesse and Mark debuted new numbers like “Skin and Bones,” and the Western-tinged “The Arrow Killed the Beast.”  While the new record will not be acoustic, and some of the material was so new it didn’t even have names, what we heard on this night showed the level of promise we’ve come to expect from this band.  As Johnny mentioned in his review of the Saturday show, this only ups the anticipation for the new record.

I recorded this set from the same spot that Johnny used for the Saturday recording, focusing the sound a bit more toward the perfectly balanced soundboard feed from Kevin at the Mercury Lounge.  As with Saturday’s recording, the sound quality is outstanding.  Enjoy!

Stream “Skin & Bone”:
[audio:http://www.nyctaper.com/H6602HB9922/07 Skin & Bone.mp3]

Stream “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere [Bob Dylan]”:
[audio:http://www.nyctaper.com/H6602HB9922/13 You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere.mp3]

Direct download of MP3 files [HERE]

Direct download of FLAC files [HERE]

If the FLAC link is no longer working, email nyctaper for the FLAC files

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Heartless Bastards
2011-07-24
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Equipment: Schoeps Mk41>CMC6>Sound Devices USBpre2 + Soundboard >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: At soundboard, DFC, mics at 7.5′, PAS
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audition (mixdown, effects)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total time: 89:29]
01 Done Got Old
02 [new song]
03 Sway
04 Hold Your Head High
05 [banter]
06 The Will Song
07 Skin & Bone [new]
08 The Arrow Killed the Beast [new]
09 Blue Day
10 [new song]
11 [banter]
12 Searching for the Ghost
13 You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere [Bob Dylan]
14 Runnin’
15 Be So Happy
16 [encore break]
17 [new song]
18 The Mountain

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Heartless Bastards, visit their website, visit their MySpace and Facebook pages, and purchase their official releases and merchandise [HERE].

Weird Owl: July 14, 2011 Union Pool – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

July 27, 2011
By

weird owl
[Photo Credit]

Weird Owl make bad-ass stoner rock for the modern era, and this show at Union Pool found them rocking the living hell out of an expectant crowd that was about to see headliner White Hills. It is hard to hear a songs like the reverb-heavy monster “Stral Proj” or the space rock of “Mind Mountain” and not imagine them being played to a crowd of feathered haircuts, bell bottoms and tie-dye rather than modern-day BK hipsters. Weird Owl’s music has a deep, satisfying heaviness to it, with the rich roar of classic analog amps and wah-wah pedals. Their new record, Build Your Beast A Fire, just released on Tee Pee Records, is a fifteen-song monster that finds the band tightening up their songwriting a bit, crafting slightly more approachable songs that deliver on the promise suggested by their 2009 debut, Ever the Silver Cord Be Loosed. Though short, this set gave expectant fans a dose of the new songs’ greatness. Make Weird Owl and Build Your Beast A Fire part of your summer, now. Because we told you so.

hi and lo and I recorded this set with four microphones and a soundboard feed. The split wide cardiod microphones, in particular, give the recording a huge, detailed sound. Enjoy!

Stream “Straj Proj”:
[audio:http://www.nyctaper.com/W1407WeirdOwl1120/04 Straj Proj.mp3]

Direct download of MP3 files [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

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Weird Owl
2011-07-14
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

Recorded by acidjack and hi and lo for nyctaper.com
Produced by acidjack

Equipment: AKG C414 B-XLS (wide cardiod mode)>Oade M248 + Schoeps mk41>CMR>tinybox + Soundboard >> Tascam DR-680 (24/48)
Position: AKGs split 6′ on balcony, Schoeps DINa on balcony, DFC
Mastering: 24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Saucer-Shaped Shadow>
02 Skin the Dawn
03 Up From the Root
04 Stral Proj
05 Parallax Eyes
06 Mind Mountain
07 Mountains On Top of Buried Stars

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Weird Owl, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their records from Tee Pee Records [HERE]

David Bazan: June 22, 2011 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

July 26, 2011
By

Bazan
[Photos courtesy of Vicki Boardman. Visit her website]

Seattle singer-songwriter David Bazan first made his name recording under the moniker Pedro the Lion, a project that yielded some excellent records such as 1998’s It’s Hard to Find a Friend, and gave Bazan a fuzzed-out forum to air his beliefs – most notably among them his belief in Christianity (Christian publications even referred to his records as “crossover” records, i.e., to the secular mainstream), a relatively rare thing to find in a critically-acclaimed indie songwriter. Since then, Bazan has “broken up” in a sense with Christianity, as well as his former cast of bandmates and continued performing under his own name, making what some have called the best music of his career. His first solo effort, 2009’s Curse Your Branches, laid bare his spiritual conflict with cleanly constructed songs built around his mournful voice.

That voice took center stage at this Bowery Ballroom show, sure, but what was striking about this performance was the quality of everything around that voice – catchy, strong rock riffs evident from the opening notes of “Wolves at the Door,” and a crack backing band. While it may have been a “singer-songwriter” show in a sense, this was also a rock show through and through. Unsurprisingly, Bazan played 80% of his latest, 2011’s Strange Negotiations, but he also delved into the early Pedro the Lion catalog, including “Big Trucks” and “Of Up and Coming Monarchs” from It’s Hard to Find a Friend. Those who say Bazan’s current period is his brightest could have a point – the newer material not only held its own, but might have surpassed the Pedro material.

hi and lo recorded this set with a combination of Schoeps supercardiod microphones and Schoeps omnidirectional microphones, which given the extremely respectful crowd and the outstanding acoustics of the venue, gives the perfect sound balance. Enjoy!

Stream “Virginia”:
[audio:http://www.nyctaper.com/D2106DavidBazan0211/davidbazan2011-06-22.virginia.mp3]

Stream “Wolves at the Door”:
[audio:http://www.nyctaper.com/D2106DavidBazan0211/davidbazan2011-06-22.wolves.mp3]

Direct download of MP3 files [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

David Bazan
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY, US
2011-06-22

Recordist : hi and lo
Location : Left Balcony, on stand @ 8ft
Source : Schoeps MK5 (omni) > Nbox+ + Schoeps MK41/CMR > Naint PFA > E.A.A. PSP-2 >> Tascam DR-680 @ 24 bit / 96 kHz
Edit : WaveLab v5 (fades/dither/+11dB gain), Izotope SRC/Dither
Final Format : 16 bit, 44.1 kHz
Tracking : CD-Wave v1.98
Encoding : FLAC v1.2.1 ( Level 8 ) with TLH v2.6.0 (Build 168)

Tracks [Total Time 1:17:15]
01. Wolves at the Door
02. How I Remember
03. Level with Yourself
04. Bless This Mess
05. Of Up and Coming Monarchs
(Q&A #1)
06. Virginia
07. Big Trucks
08. Don’t Change
09. Eating Paper
10. Bearing Witness
11. Magazine
12. Won’t Let Go
13. People
14. Transcontinental
15. Cold Beer and Cigarettes
16. When They Really Get to Know You, They Will Run
(Q&A #2)
17. Strange Negotiations
18. (Encore Call)
19. April the 14th, Part 1 (Gillian Welch)
(Q&A #3)
20. Hard to Be
[Note: All banter and Q&A tracks have been removed at artist request]

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The Black Angels: July 15, 2011 Maxwell’s – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

July 22, 2011
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[Photos by acidjack]

Shows at Maxwell’s are always a treat, in no small part because you get to spend quality time with a relatively “big” band in a venue much smaller than they normally play (we caught them at Bowery Ballroom not too long ago).  This show by The Black Angels – in town for a series of shows, including headlining the 4Knots Festival – fit that description.  Packing the 200-capacity room, the Angels blew out the room with their layered, reverb-heavy sound.  One could be forgiven for thinking they were a band out of Manchester or thereabouts rather than one of America’s top music towns, Austin, Texas – their baggy sound shares as much commonality with mid-90s UK rock as it does with the “psychedelic rock” tag the band usually finds stuck to them.  This set proved that the band could rock like a huge band even in a small room (and without the killer light show they had last time), with the big rockers like “Black Grease” getting obvious love from the Friday night crowd.  Unsurprisingly, the set focused heavily on their 2010 record, Phosphene Dream, which has earned them proper critical acclaim.  I could hope to see them again at Maxwell’s in the near future, but let’s face it, this band is probably headed for Terminal 5 (and good for them).

hi and lo and I recorded this set with a four-mic mix from our usual spot in the venue.  The band’s sound engineer would not permit us to utilize a soundboard feed, but the sound is nonetheless excellent.  Enjoy!

Stream “Entrance Song”:
[audio:http://www.nyctaper.com/B0904BlackAngels2101/04 Entrance Song.mp3]

Stream “Better Off Alone”:
[audio:http://www.nyctaper.com/B0904BlackAngels2101/10 Better Off Alone.mp3]

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The Black Angels
2011-07-15
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

Recorded for nyctaper.com by acidjack and hi and lo
Produced by acidjack

Equipment: DPA 4021>EAA PSP2 + Schoeps mk41>CMR>tinybox >> Tascam DR-680 (24/48)
Position: LOC, clamp to right corner of soundboard booth, mics at 7.5ft, 4021’s PAS, mk41s DINa
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (EQ DPA source, mixdown, set fades, EQ, smooth peaks, tracking, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 You On the Run
02 Bad Vibrations
03 The Prodigal Sun
04 Entrance Song
05 Doves
06 [tuning/crowd]
07 Black Grease
08 The Haunting at 1300 McKinley
09 The Sniper
10 Better Off Alone
11 Telephone
12 Science Killer
13 Young Men Dead
14 [encore break]
15 Bloodhounds On My Trail
16 Phosphene Dream

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